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About Newport Rowing Club

Founded in August 2010 the Newport Rowing Club is a local organization with the mission to provide education, training, instruction, and participation in amateur rowing while developing the healthy minds, bodies, and character of student athletes.

NRC Alumni

Check out our impressive list of alumni and their respective colleges.

US National Team Members

NRC has contributed multiple athletes to US National Teams throughout the years. Click here to see the list!

Newport Rowing Club's Coaches & Staff

John Cohn

Head Coach and Mascot Caretaker

Phone: (302) 998-4000

John Cohn was named Head Coach in August 2010.  John comes to us with experience rowing at the Miami Beach Rowing Club, University of Delaware and the Pennsylvania Athletic Club, where he won the USRowing National Championships and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. He was also selected for the US Maccabi Games Rowing Team in 2007.  John was assistant Head Coach at WYRA from 2008-2010 and coached the Senior Lightweights for Penn AC’s prestigious summer program in 2009. John is a co-founder of Newport Rowing Club and has been a US U-19 National Team coach and administrator since 2013.  

Naomi Katz

Head Novice Coach & Summer Programming Director

Phone: (302) 998-4000

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, Naomi first encountered rowing her freshman year of college. She joined the rowing team at the University of Cincinnati as a coxswain for the women's team and continued coxing for all four years of her eligibility. As a college freshman she placed first at the Marietta Regatta in the Women's Novice 8+. The following years, she and her fellow rowers put the University of Cincinnati Women's team back on the map, including making it to the grand finals at ACRA in the Women's Varsity 8+. After college she continued as a coxswain for multiple boats at Wilmington Rowing Center. She coxed a women's 4+ to a 2nd place finish at the Head of the Schulkyll in 2014, then returned the next year with the University of Delaware Alumni Women's 8+ to place first. She began at Newport Rowing Club as an assistant coach in the fall of 2015 and her love of the sport and the team lead her back for a full time position. Naomi has grown to love rowing passionately and is looking forward to instilling the same love of the sport in all the rowers she coaches.

John ("JT") Tierney

Assistant Varsity Coach

John began rowing on the River Thames, at Hammersmith, for St. Clement Danes Grammar School and Furnivall Sculling Club, in 1964. He continued rowing with great success at Reading University in both four and eight-oared events. In 1974, drawn to the area by its established rowing community, he came to Philadelphia and Temple University to study for a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. John rowed at the Vesper Boat Club representing the club at national and international regattas. He also coached intermediate and senior programs each summer between 1979 and 1985. In July 1986 he was named Rowing Team Leader for the US Olympic Sports Festival in Houston Texas. In August 1986 he became the Team Leader for the US lightweight team to the World Rowing Championships in Nottingham, England. He subsequently led US Teams to regattas and World Championships in Copenhagen (Denmark), Luzern (Switzerland), Amsterdam (Holland), Hazewinkel (Belgium), Zeged (Hungary), and Milan (Italy). In 1991 he was Team Leader at the Pan Am games in Cuba, and the following year in Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics. His affiliation began with Newport when his daughter, Lanie, started rowing there. John Tierney, known to the athletes as "Coach JT", joined the NRC staff alongside his other daughter, Emma, in the spring of 2019. He also serves on the Board at Vesper Boat Club and still occasionally gets in a boat to row with former crewmates.

Erin Mullen

Middle School Coach

A Newport Rowing Club alumna, Erin first cultivated her love for rowing as a sophomore at Padua Academy. Beginning as a non-competitive rower and moving up to compete in varsity competitions in her senior year, she raced in a Women’s Lightweight 4+ in the 2013 US Rowing Youth National Championships. She graduated from the University of Delaware and has now returned to NRC to continue her rowing career as the middle school coach, hoping to inspire the same love for the sport that she found as a young athlete.

Lily Wolfe

Assistant Middle School Coach

Lily Wolfe was born and raised in New Rochelle, NY. She began her rowing career as a rower for Pelham Community Rowing Association during the summer of 2012. After graduating high school she moved to Delaware where she is currently a coxswain for the University of Delaware Women's Rowing Team. She is in her senior year of studies and is pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation with a minor in Health & Wellness. Lily returns to PCRA in New York each summer to coach everything from youth novice to competitive masters rowing and is excited to bring her coaching skills and enthusiasm to Newport Rowing Club.

Karen Cunningham


Karen Cunningham has had the opportunity to work with middle and high school students for the last 30 years with her job teaching in the Garnet Valley School District. She made her way to NRC through her daughter, Maggie, who rowed at NRC during her four years at Padua. Maggie loved the sport so much that she continues to row at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Judah Cohn

Team Mascot and Very Good Boy

Judah's been with the team since August of 2013 and has been a major contributor since day 1.  His responsibilities include greeting folks at the door, helping athletes with their crunches, and demonstrating proper nap technique.  

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Newport Rowing Club
301 Harvey Drive, Suite 8
Newport, DE 19804